Can I Leave Vinegar on Mould Overnight?
Mould is becoming a common occurrence, and can be facilitated by poor living conditions, or a lack of maintenance when it comes to air quality in the home. This is evident by how many people have dealt with mould during their lives.
Although there are products designed specifically for mould removal, you can use items such as vinegar to help to remove mould.
In this blog we will be answering the question ‘Can I leave vinegar on mould overnight?’
To prevent mould, fresh air should constantly be introduced into your dwelling daily, as it helps to regulate temperature and reduce condensation. Introducing fresh air can be as simple as having a ventilation routine, or installing extractors or PIV systems. Almost all of this is facilitated by ducting.
I-Sells is here to provide the answers you need whilst also supplying you with all the information you need to combat mould and have a well-ventilated home.
What is Mould and how does it affect people?
Mould, otherwise known as damp, is a fungus that grows on wet surfaces. Mould comes in a variety of colours: Black, Green, Brown, Grey and White. It can be difficult to identify mould by colour as it can occur in many shades. Some of the most common mould strains in the home are:
- Black Mould – Also called Stachybotrys chartarum, Black mould is commonly found in bathrooms and wet rooms but can also occur on cold exterior walls in habitable rooms such as the bedroom or living room.
- Cladosporium – Commonly found in bathrooms, under sinks, and around faucets but it can grow on surfaces like carpets, furniture, walls, and floors.
Mould reproduces from tiny spores. The spores float through the air and deposit on the surfaces. Under adequate temperature, moisture, and nutrient conditions, the spores can form new mould colonies.
If you have found mould in your home, you need to assess if this is your landlord’s responsibility (for example it could be from a leaking roof that needs repairing). Or if the dampness is caused by improper ventilation. To assess your options, click here.
Why can mould affect my health?
Mould can severely affect your immune and respiratory system, as the spores are easily breathable and not obvious to see through the human eye. Having a mould allergy will result in you displaying the following symptoms when exposed to mould.
- Dry, scaly skin
- Nasal congestion
- A cough
- Watery eyes
- A weakened immune system
Everyone’s symptoms may vary, but if you’re in an environment with mould and experience these symptoms, try your best to remove the mould as soon as possible.
Can I leave vinegar on mould overnight?
Yes, you can leave vinegar on mould overnight, though this isn’t necessary as it usually takes effect after an hour. However, you can’t use any type of vinegar, for mould removal you must use distilled white vinegar.
Although this type of vinegar has been known to destroy mould, it must be noted that this method is only effective against 82% of mould species, meaning it isn’t going to work all the time.
Is vinegar better than bleach for mould removal?
Generally, vinegar is the better option when it comes to mould removal, vinegar is slightly acidic by nature and as a result, can penetrate deeper into surfaces allowing for a deeper removal of mould.
Bleach on the other hand is effective, but can not penetrate to the same depth vinegar can, additionally, bleach contains more toxic substances, so it is better for the health of the household to use vinegar as the mould removal tool if you don’t opt for our mould removal solutions.
Why does the mould keep coming back after I used vinegar?
The likely reason that mould has returned in the same area even after treating with vinegar is most likely due to the area never being truly dry, this can occur as a result of leaks in the building.
In crevices such as grouting, mould can be especially difficult to remove as it can get deep within the grouting, in this instance, you may have to remove it in order to totally remove the mould.
Which products remove mould?
Note: Any instance of cleaning or dealing with mould, one should at the very least, wear a mask and gloves.
Kair Anti Mould Paint is an excellent, premium quality, low odour anti mould coating guaranteed to protect against unsightly and unhygienic black mould even when there is persistent condensation.
The unsurpassed performance is achieved by combining modern paint technology with highly advanced, proven biocides. The anti-mould biocide is combined throughout the paint film, which is formulated to impart toughness, elasticity, water resistance and durability to the finish. You’ll find with this product that it is:
- Easy to use
- Fast Drying
- Low Odour
- Ideal for walls and ceilings
- Long-lasting protection
- Matt Finish
For best results, you should wash mouldy surfaces with Kair Anti Mould Surface Cleanser Concentrate. Specifically designed to clean and treat mould growth areas.
Our unique Anti-Mould paint additive contains a fungicidal additive that allows you to secure anti-mould properties to:
- Emulsion paint
- Eggshell paint
- Tile grout
- Gloss Paint
- Wallpaper paste
This means alongside having anti-mould paint in colours, you can also secure your tiling grout making your shower, kitchen or bathroom anti-mould, alongside your wallpaper.
Simply apply one 50ml bottle to any 2.5L bucket of paint that fits within the parameters mentioned, and mix thoroughly.
Is there a mould-cleaning kit?
Yes, we offer the Kair Mould Control Pack, a bundle with the previously mentioned surface cleaner, and two additional 50ml anti-mould additives, saving you 15% more than if you were to buy individually. This can be vital for those with excessive mould.
Can I prevent mould from developing?
Yes, there are methods you can introduce to your routine to reduce the likelihood of mould developing.
Although these are not completely full-proof options to prevent mould, the following tips can greatly aid your efforts in maintaining a mould-free environment, and it can be as simple as:
- Open most of your windows for at least 20 minutes each day, and allow air to circulate
- Invest in a hygrometer, which monitors humidity levels wherever it is placed
- Open the window when cooking or having a hot shower, this lets steam escape as opposed to all of it being condensation.
- Wipe and treat surfaces that regularly accumulate condensation
- Purchase a PIV system and/or extractor fans
- Remove, repair and replace areas that always grow mould.
- Dispose of mouldy items immediately. As mould can easily spread from almost any surface
Invest in mould solutions today
We at I-Sells endeavour to make sure our customers have all the information they need before choosing to invest in our mould solutions. Be sure to visit our blog page to gain knowledge on the wide array of factors and issues surrounding ventilation, mould, condensation, and much more.
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